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Vinh Vietnam

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Introducing Vinh

Practically obliterated during the American War, Vinh was rebuilt with East German aid, hence the blockish architecture that dominates the downtown drag. Unlike other Vietnamese towns, it has wide boulevards with equally wide pavements that are surprisingly devoid of street stalls – easy to walk down but there’s not much to see. This is an industrial city through and through. Stop here if you are a Ho Chi Minh devotee (he was born in a nearby village).

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Cua Lo Beach

It’s pleasant enough, with white sand, clean water and a shady grove of pine trees – but the concrete, karaoke, massage parlours and litter won’t suit many travellers. Nevertheless, if you have time to kill, come for a cooling dip and a seafood lunch at one of the beach restaurants.

Kim Lien

Ho Chi Minh’s birthplace in Hoang Tru, and the village of Kim Lien, where he spent some of his formative years, are 14km northwest of Vinh. For all that these are popular pilgrimage spots for the party faithful, there’s little to see other than recreated houses of bamboo and palm leaves, dressed (barely) with a few pieces of furniture.

Central Market

Street food options include the Central Market; pho bo food stalls (beef noodle soup; Ð Phan Dinh Phung); bun bo Hue food stalls (Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup; off Ð Dinh Cong Trang); and pho ga food stalls (chicken noodle soup; Ð Ho Sy Doung).

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